Sunday, March 21, 2010

Ear Infections and Sound Therapy

After having a few people, who had previously spoken to me about how well they were going with Sound Therapy and how noticeably their hearing, sleeping, Meniere's and general well being had been improving in a matter of weeks with Sound Therapy, contact me to say they had developed an ear infection, felt rotten, and felt the Sound Therapy had been useless after all, I thought it worth discussing just what ear infections are, and what you should do if you do contract an ear infection while using Sound Therapy.

Sound Therapy cannot cause an ear infection

An ear infection is caused by a bacteria or a virus. An ear infection cannot be caused by sound!
  • If the ear canal is affected (otitis externa), the infection is a dry inflamation.
  • If the middle ear is infected (otitis media), this normally dry, air-filled part of the ear can be filled with fluid (mucus). A middle ear infection is more commonly associated with a cold or other upper respiratory tract infection, where the germs have reached the middle ear via the Eustachian tube, which connects the middle ear to to the back of the throat.

Imagine you have started going to the gym, and after a few weeks of regular work outs, you get the flu. You wouldn't think working out at the gym has caused your flu (though you may have picked up the virus while at the gym) and decide to completely quit working out as a result! You would rest, let your body heal, and once you are feeling better, you would resume working out at the gym, perhaps needing to build up slowly until you have regained your previous stamina.

Sound Therapy is like a work out for the ear, and likewise, you would need to take a temporary break while you recover. You shouldn't give up Sound Therapy altogether over a minor set back like an ear infection.

What should you do if you get an ear infection

  1. See a doctor to get your infection checked out. If you have a bacterial infection, you may need antibiotics.
  2. Don't use Sound Therapy while your ears are infected. Let your ears rest and heal. You may like to give your immune system a boost with supplementation if you don't do so regularly - I personally drink Goji juice daily as it is packed with all sorts of vitamins and minerals.
  3. Once your infection has healed, gradually build up your Sound Therapy again. Wipe your ear pieces with alcohol before using them to avoid potentially reinfecting your ears. Start with the 1st CD, and just do 10 - 30 mins of listening initially. Gradually increase your hours until you are comfortably able to listen for the same time you previously used the program for daily.

If in doubt, please contact me to discuss how best to adjust your Sound Therapy program to help your ear recover after an ear infection.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Simone Carot Collins now at Yes 2 Life in Armadale

It's official! Starting this Friday (19th March), I will be offering Joudry Sound Therapy, reflexology, and massage at Yes 2 Life in Armadale (WA).

As an introductory offer, all massage and reflexology treatments at Yes 2 Life throughout March will be 20% off the regular price.

On an ongoing basis I will continue to offer:
  • the first half hour of an initial Sound Therapy consultation for free (subsequent half hour consultations are $30)
  • 20% off massage, reflexology, and sound therapy consultation for Seniors card holders
  • 10% off Sound Therapy products for Seniors card holders
Appointments in Armidale can be made directly through Yes 2 Life on (08) 9498 3788.

Sound Therapy consultations in Canning Vale are still available by appointment (phone 08 6102 4905).

Sound Therapy consultations and massage/reflexology treatments are available on a mobile basis as well, though prices vary depending on distance from Canning Vale.

Please help spread the word! Loyalty and referral bonuses are now available too. I look forward to assisting you soon!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Take responsibility for your health

Our bodies are incredibly resilient. With our modern lifestyle, our bodies are fed food with little nutritional content, are exposed to all sorts of chemical and noise pollution, and often don't receive enough sleep or exercise. It's little wonder that people - even young children - are experiencing more and more health and developmental problems. Really, it's a marvel that we survive as long as we do, but the human body has a remarkable capacity to heal itself, if we let it.

These days taking responsibility for ones own actions is becoming rare. We have a lot of things competing for our time, and our own health is often placed at the bottom of the list. In this time of instant gratification, if we don't see results quickly, we are quick to abandon a treatment or lifestyle change. We have been conditioned to hand responsibility for our health to a doctor or specialist (as the "expert") rather than being supported in learning and making the necessary changes for ourselves. When we don't feel that personal responsibility, it is easy to blame someone else, even if we didn't give it enough time, or follow their advice. Taking responsibility for our own health - making a true commitment to making any necessary changes in our lifestyle and realising that we alone can truly make it happen - takes courage. Doing it properly takes a lot of thought and planning, so that our attempts won't fail as surely as a new year's resolution to "lose weight" or "get healthy" does.

So how do you take responsibility for getting your health back on track?

"If you fail to plan, you plan to fail". Work out a detailed plan of action for how you are going to tackle your health, using the following as a guide.

  • Be honest about what the health or developmental issue is that you are facing. What are the consequences if things don't change?
    • For weight loss, remaining overweight can lead to developing diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, which can in turn lead to an earlier death.
    • For an issue such as tinnitus, while the condition won't directly lead to other problems, it can adversely affect one's mental health, and in severe cases, lead to thoughts of suicide.
  • Research all the possible contributing factors. Are there any other underlying health conditions which compound the problem? Seek medical advice and tests so you can get a clear picture of where things are at. Also research what side effects there are of any medications you may be taking, and how anything you eat, drink, smoke or put on your body might impact the issue.
    • For weight - aside from the obvious lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise, there are medical conditions which can impact it to. For women, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a prevalent but under diagnosed condition which has hormonal imbalances and possible insulin resistance which contribute to difficulty maintaining a healthy weight.
    • For tinnitus, a wide range of triggers exist - as well as noise damage, a wide range of medications and substances including caffeine and MSG can exacerabte it. Smoking (either tobacco or marijuana) can also contribute, as can simply being tired! You would also want to rule out any physical issues such as wax blockage in the ear.
  • Consider what other factors may place obstacles in your path. Do you have any travel plans which may disrupt planned lifestyle changes? Are you able to get sufficient sleep and time to relax? Are there stressors in your work or family life which can complicate things?
  • Seek solutions for overcoming each of the contributing factors and obstacles. What changes can you personally make? What will you need to seek help from a professional for?
  • Create a realistic plan for tackling each of the factors. Start with small steps if necessary, and think about how you will get back on track if you experience a setback. Set a series of small goals to help keep you on track. Be specific with your action plan, such as "starting tomorrow, I will walk around Lake Monger for half an hour after work on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with Belinda" or "starting on Monday, I will listen to Sound Therapy while eating my breakfast and eating my dinner".
  • Identify who will support you along the way. Ensure you have someone you can talk to to provide motivation and encouragement, be it family, friends, health professionals, and people on forums / social network groups / in associations going through the same thing.
  • Schedule time for YOU. The best laid plans won't help if you don't factor in time to do whatever is needed, be it taking medication, getting exercise, listening to Sound Therapy, or even getting enough sleep!
    • Tip: Set daily reminders on your computer calendar system to turn on your CD, get up and go for a 15 minutes walk, or stop what you are doing and go to bed.
If you do suffer a set back along the way, it's ok! Don't write it off as a failure, but refer to your plan to get back on track as soon as you can. You can do it!